The Toronto Star’s Chantal Hebert senses that Canadians are getting into the mood for change at the federal level:
“For Justin Trudeau there really was no news from Alberta which is good news. Trudeau is counting very much on being a (mildly) charismatic leader, of generating a wave-election that would have him hopscotch over the NDP. With each week this is less and less likely. His presence still has magnetic media draw, but it’s weakening. Familiarity takes some of the glitter off celebrity figures.”
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Maclean’s Anne Kingston examines what’s in store for Ontarians as new rules for selling wine and beer come down the pipe:
Details will be released during the provincial budget. What is known is that hundreds of large supermarkets (read: Loblaw Companies, Wal-Mart, Sobeys) will be able to sell imported and Canadian wine and craft beer in its own section, like deli or snack food, which is a big win for them.
Liberal pundit Warren Kinsella wrote with much conviction on the issues surrounding the Charlie Hebdo controversy.
Not every one agreed. Here is a discussion between commenter RD and myself in comments on the topic:
Re: Kinsella’s piece. For my own part, my respect for someone quickly evaporates when they toss around language like ‘free speech lunatics’.
I’m always surprised when some big important guy is caught reading The Bulldog.
No I don’t mean Mayor Jim Watson, our loyalist reader.
Nor former mayor Larry O’Brien who spits when he hears the two words Ken and Gray. O’Brien credits yours truly with single-handedly defeating him in the 2010 election. I’d love to take credit but it is too big an honour and must be shared. Still it’s nice to be mentioned.
Now golly wally guess who has been caught reading your humble Bulldog? Why none other than big Liberal guy and semi-professional pundit, the one, the only, Warren Kinsella.
This is a comment from avid Bulldog reader Ron Benn looking at the role party workers play in the municipal election:
As we contemplate the question of why some candidates attract more funding than others, consider the role of the individuals who are actively involved in federal and provincial riding associations, during municipal election campaigns.
Whether they wish to acknowledge it or not, most of the high profile and successful candidates are members of political parties.
For example, Mark Taylor was part of Jim Watson’s staff when Jim Watson was the MPP for Ottawa West Nepean. Alex Cullen is very well connected with the NDP.
So here I am poppin’ through the email inbox when golly gee there’s a note from Richard Mahoney.
Hi Richard, how are you doin’? Long time, no talk.
Mahoney is a lawyer, a bit of a consultant and is now trying to win the Liberal nomination in Ottawa West-Nepean. He was an advisor to former prime minister Paul Martin and a two-time federal loser in Ottawa Centre.
The Toronto Star’s Martin Regg Cohn says haste can make waste in rushing to make decisions with a new government. That is a warning to newly elected Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.
The premier may have a short honeymoon, but she can count on an uninterrupted four-year term to govern, without being second-guessed by a third-place NDP wielding the balance of power. Or a PC opposition peddling third-rate alternatives on a pre-election footing.
People who are in a difficult spot remember who their friends are and who didn’t show up when the going got tough.
I’m blessed by my friends because they have continually been behind me during unfortunate times. I’m the luckiest guy in the world. You learn who your friends are when people, who said they were your friends, run for the hills when trouble arrives. I know that from personal experience. And people who you trusted beyond all else, betray you. That’s not good.